Comic 1029 - First Steps ...

15th Jun 2014, 9:13 PM
First Steps ...
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)

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Centcomm 15th Jun 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete
PAGE !!! enjoy!
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jamie59 15th Jun 2014, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

So the frame bypasses the damage for her but she still uses her own parts. Does it work both ways & give back all the sensations she wants & needs?
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2014, 1:59 AM edit delete reply

The frame can't restore sensation. It's intended to route motor nerve impulses. It CAN warn of injury to areas that lack the ability to perceive pain, and alerts the wearer to the injury, usually with an audible alarm or a vibration on the nearest sensation-capable skin. (Part of the calibration process is to program the "dead zone" awareness into the frame.)
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 8:55 AM edit delete reply

mind you like a lot of paralyzed men and women she has a fair amount of sensation but there are parts of her that have perpetual numbness. like Rose said the frame does not "replace" those nerves it simply bypasses them telling the muscle groups how to move. The Frame is a hybrid of Lunar and Epiphyte technology..
LIke Anti- gravitic tech the Epiphytes have forgotten more Xeno medicine than most races - All stemming from the fact they are a "progenitor" race. ie one of many to achieve the piniical of thier tech long before mankind was walking out of the trees
Fairportfan 17th Jun 2014, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

This is a sort-of spoiler for Spinnerette, so be warned.

Mecha Maid, a Korean-American superhero, chose the maid persona because like the anime character Mahoro, a former battle android, her days are numbered - in her ealy twenties, she suffers advanced ALS ("Lou Gehrig's Disease") and cannot (on her own) hold her head in a normal position.

But she developed a neuro-transmitter headband that allows her muscles to function - and function to their full potential strength, which is much more than a normal human ever exerts (if all of your muscles contracted at their maximum possible strength simultaneously, it would break every bone in your body).

So she also developed a high-tech exoskeleton that allows her to use all that strength - and to carry lots of neat stuff.
JacobJSebastian 15th Jun 2014, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

my question is: Will the frame act as constant physical therapy and will she eventually be able to drop it?
MirrorField 16th Jun 2014, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
My quess is yes and unknown, respectively. Nerve damage doesn't regenerate (naturally, at least), but I think the designer of the frame would want to avoid things like muscle atropy even if the nanoframe functions as exoskeleton.

What I'm wondering about are the capabilities of medical regeneration therapies available...
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2014, 1:59 AM edit delete reply

Yes, it can perform the function of a physical-therapy device, exercising the muscles in the course of normal movement and via EMS (electrical muscle stimulation).
No, she will never be able to drop it permanently. She sustained trauma to the lumbar spine (L1 through L5), and is capable of moving her legs only slightly on her own. I will leave to your imagination how her lower back could have been so badly damaged during the assault, because thinking about it makes me hate myself.

Medical regeneration technology is pretty well-advanced, but nerves are still tricky to work with.
MikeLinPA 16th Jun 2014, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
This needs to be real, not just fiction! A lot of people could benefit from this technology.
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2014, 8:27 AM edit delete reply

Baby steps, Mike... but it is getting there.
Vashyron 16th Jun 2014, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Google HAl made by Cyberdyne.
Vashyron 16th Jun 2014, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
Vashyron 16th Jun 2014, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
heres a link
Centcomm 17th Jun 2014, 12:23 AM edit delete reply

That is awesome Vasherion :D
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 8:58 AM edit delete reply

At Mirrorfield

New Troy has better methods of nerve repair but then its a city of bored scientists.. Nova Roma Simply never explored nerve regeneration and Luna used the sijmplist method to restore her mobility... and the most cost effective.
Rashala 15th Jun 2014, 11:32 PM edit delete reply

*cheers for her* you go girl

I bet that Felt weird at first.

on a side not I think the Sunday Q&A was a hit :)
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2014, 6:10 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, Rash. Go Irene, go (the sub-title for the page is great :-D). It is good to see her mobile again.

It is horrifying to think what that scumbag did to her to inflict these kinds of injuries to Irene. I'm glad Maxus dealt with him so promptly.
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 9:00 AM edit delete reply

well given her attacker was another Gene modded Gladiator like Maxus he was strong enough to bench press a small car . do the math >_<
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 8:59 AM edit delete reply

well Q&A will return next sunday - we have a fair amount of questions and for that im glad - ( im also glad they arent all directed at Ceci :D )
Rashala 16th Jun 2014, 1:31 PM edit delete reply

Yeah WEll I set myself a limit 2 Qs MAX to ask ceci No more.

And AS for the other cast member I sent a question to. Well frankly that one deserves a little more camera time I mean Seriously Whats not to like about them!!! *centy and rose know who I mean*
mjkj 15th Jun 2014, 11:44 PM edit delete reply

Yayyy, go Irene! :) *hugs*

(Whee, indeed...)

PS: I like those bubbles on the screen :D
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

:D The bubbles are Holographic displays that will pinpoint info as needed as they tune it to her nervous system
cattservant 16th Jun 2014, 1:58 AM edit delete reply

No stopping her now!
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 9:02 AM edit delete reply

nope :D
cattservant 16th Jun 2014, 2:03 AM edit delete reply

Rosewood needs more pockets.
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2014, 6:06 AM edit delete reply

More, Cat? Do you SEE a pocket in that outfit? I sure don't. :-D
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 9:02 AM edit delete reply

LOL pockets .. she doesn't need any stinking pockets :D
cattservant 16th Jun 2014, 9:15 AM edit delete reply

With her body modifying abilities
she probably has all
the internal storage she needs!
KarToon12 16th Jun 2014, 4:28 AM edit delete reply

If only this were real; this device would help so many people.
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2014, 6:11 AM edit delete reply

Dream it, KarToon and someone will figure a way of making it real. That seems to be the way science fiction works. :-)
Mister Black 16th Jun 2014, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

We're getting there....just talk to the folks at Boston Dynamics, or watch the opening kick at this year's World Cup.
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 9:03 AM edit delete reply

after all in star trek Kirk and the rest carried "flip phones" and now we have phones that far far outstrip the ST communicators.. so .. there ya go
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2014, 4:04 PM edit delete reply

The most unexpected challenge in writing science fiction, I've found, is actually keeping your science far enough ahead to still be fictional; the medical field is particularly slippery, given the speed at which advances seem to be made.

(I've often noted, in my misanthropic way, that our ability to use science to maintain and extend life has far outpaced our ability to shift our attitudes and use it responsibly.)

At least Cent and I can draw on the "post-apocalyptic reset button" to fake our way through explaining some of the oddities. :)
VanEzzania 16th Jun 2014, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

I've been meaning to say this for awhile but your attention to detail is amazing!
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 9:03 AM edit delete reply

aww thanks you :D
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2014, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

And YAY for a new page, CentComm. Glad you had fun at the convention, but glad you are back to updating too. :-)
Centcomm 16th Jun 2014, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

hehe - it was a nice vacation :D it really was :D
highlander55 16th Jun 2014, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

I see the Emperor is there too! Or is that the Lunar Doctor?
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2014, 3:54 PM edit delete reply

That's the Luna tech :)
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